Changes To Services: With the current COVID-19 situation, we are having to make some changes in how we offer/provide services in order to ensure the safety of our clients and staff.  At this time, we are offering all immunization, lab and WIC services by APPOINTMENT ONLY (until further notice).


Bates County Health Center

Bates County Health Center was opened as a demonstration unit on April 1, 1975. A vote of the citizens on August 3, 1976 approved a mill tax for the continuation of the local public health agency. Since its establishment, the Bates County Health Center has been dedicated to protecting the health and well-being of the citizens of the county. Although services offered have changed over the years, we still strive to fulfill the mission of public health which is to Prevent, Promote, and Protect our citizens.


Health Center hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Extended hours include remaining open until 7:00 p.m. the first Thursday of every month.

Did You Know?

Workers that are exposed to extreme heat or work in hot environments may be at risk of heat stress.

Heat stress can result in heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps or heat rashes.  Heat can also increase the risk of injuries in workers as it may result in sweaty palms, fogged-up safety glasses and dizziness.

Workers at greater risk of heat stress include those who are 65 year of age or older, are overweight, have heart disease of high blood pressure or take medications that may be affected by extreme heat.

Prevention of heat stress in workers is important.  Employers should provide training to workers so they understand what heat stress is, hot if affects their health and safety and hot it can be prevented.

Health Update

COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective.  Millions of people in the United States have received COVID-19 vaccines under the most intense safety monitoring in US history.  It is recommended that everyone ages 5 year and older get a COVID-19 vaccine to help protect against COVID-19 infection and severe disease.  Everyone 12 years and older should also get a COVID-19 booster shot.  Widespread vaccination for COVI-19 is a critical tool to best protect everyone from COVID-19 and related complications.  Visit to learn more.